Salman Khan acquitted, breaks down in court after hearing the verdict

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bollywood star Salman Khan cleared over hit-and-run death.

The news started pouring in this morning that the Bombay High Court acquitted the superstar of all criminal charges that he had been held guilty of by the session’s court in May.An Indian court has cleared Salman Khan of killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run crash 13 years ago, after the Bollywood star appealed against his conviction. Salman is acquitted of all charges.” The actor, who wore a blue-white check shirt, arrived in the court at 1.30 PM even as the police made a tight bandobast around the high court premises.

Joshi said the prosecution had failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt that Khan was driving his SUV and under the influence of alcohol when it rammed into a group of homeless men in suburban Mumbai in 2002. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis later said his government will decide on a further course of action in the case after examining the High Court’s verdict.

Nurulah Mahbob Sharif was killed and several others were injured when the vehicle ploughed into them at speed as they slept on a street in the suburb of Bandra West. Khan had filed an appeal in the HC against the May 6 conviction by a Mumbai sessions court for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and a five-year sentence given as punishment.

Lawyers, litigants and many others had gathered in and around the court to have a glimpse of Salman Khan as he came rushing from a studio in Karjat on the outskirts of Mumbai where he was shooting. He described Khan’s former bodyguard, Ravindra Patil, who insisted the actor was behind the wheel and speeding, as “not wholly reliable”, citing “various anomalies in his testimony”. The judge further said that the investigation was conducted in a faulty manner with many loose ends and as such benefit of this had to be given in favour of the accused. The promoters holding in the company stood at 71.81 per cent while institutions and non-institutions held 5.75 per cent and 22.44 per cent respectively.

He said he is of the considered view that the appreciation of evidence done by the trial court while convicting the appellant was not proper and legal, as per the principles of criminal jurisprudence. They claimed Khan had been drinking water and climbed out of the car through the driver’s side after the accident as the passenger door had been damaged. Justice Joshi in his day-long dictations in open court analysed the evidence of several witnesses including the four injured and another person who said road work was going on during the accident, observed how some of it “probablised the defence theory” of there being four persons in the vehicle, not three as the prosecution said and of Salman not being drunk, of the tyre having burst before the crash, of the left front door being jammed, of him not being in the driver’s seat.

Consequently it must be said that this is not a case where the prosecution has successfully established its charges, he observed, adding that the entire evidence of the prosecution was circumstantial in nature. The multimillionaire has been out on bail throughout the trial and appeal, the case seemingly not interfering with his career as one of the Indian movie industry’s biggest box office draws.

The HC said it had “come to the conclusion of erroneous application of section 33 of Evidence Act.” On Wednesday, citing the law on evidence, the HC observed that a proviso to the Evidence Act was not complied before accepting the evidence. Following is the chronology of events: September 28: Salman Khan’s white Toyata Land Cruiser crashes into the pavements near American Express Bakery at Hill Road at Bandra, killing one person and injuring four others.

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